Sleek lines. High-performance capabilities. Eye-catching, aerodynamic design…
The specs for the latest luxury car? No, just a checklist of the recent trends in kitchen appliances and furnishings. From state-of-the-art sinks to space-conserving cabinets to scratch-resistant countertops, the latest “must-have” items and styles in kitchen renovation and décor reflect a heightened consumer demand for efficient and stylish ways to prepare and serve food.
Fortunately, the move towards high-tech doesn’t mean saying goodbye to beautiful – or cozy – kitchens; far from it. In fact, the phrase “destination kitchen” -- in which the same care is lavished on selecting luxurious details for the kitchen as you would expect to see when furnishing a living room or master bedroom -- is now in common usage. Kitchens can be design showplaces in and of themselves while sacrificing none of their graciousness and warmth.
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Flatter Clean Design with Neutrals
If there is one rule governing current design, it is that there are no rules. You can mix and match elements freely into an appealing whole, one in which the sharp contrast between white-lacquered cabinets and ebony countertops can be balanced by the warmth of a traditional hardwood floor or rustic wide-planked kitchen table.
One important guideline, however, is that the look is clean and uncluttered; this is where the new neutral hues can be your best ally. Whether used on floors, walls, countertops or backsplashes, these tasteful shades supply an effective canvas on which to express your personal style. Elegant, sophisticated gray, in all of its tones and gradations, is the runaway favorite as the newest way to showcase the stainless steel and snowily white of contemporary appliances. Light tans, beige, pale sage, light golds and cream colors also fill the bill.
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